Status Quo conceptOur sign posts have been interesting lately, haven’t they? I suppose the status quo report is: basic. We’re basically doing well. Basically progressing. Basically making small progress steps every day. Sometimes people want to shake up the status quo, but I maintain that a lack of excitement is occasionally welcome. I’m not sure about Sue, but I’ve had enough excitement for a while now.

Since we’re being so basic, let’s do some basic bullets.

  • IMG_4482Finally, the wind has calmed down a bit the last two days. Sue was able to get some good work done on the chicken tractor. Should be done at the beginning of the week. This photo shows all the framing completed, including the door (on the ground inside) and the roof access port (leaning against the middle supports).
  • We worked a bit on Leggs’ foot today; she is still showing small signs of infection. So cleaned it up, put some antibiotics on it, wrapped it, and we’ll see if things improve. She is getting used to being handled again, and always looks forward to the dried worm treats she gets after her medical procedures.
  • Ducks and chickens are making progress at being better room mates; caught them hanging out together this evening after scratch was thrown.
  • We did a good watering soak yesterday and trimmed up a few more of the trees in the back yard.
  • We finally have been able to identify the large beautiful bushes between the patio and the gabion garden walls. They’ve bloomed and shown us that they are mock orange bushes. At least, that’s what they smell like.
  • The baby chicks are getting huge! Except for the freebie; he is so incredibly tiny compared to the meat birds. Seems to be holding his own in the chow line though.
  • Our friend, Janet, whose family is moving to Texas, has been working hard at finding replacement buyers for us. One is trying out the eggs for the first time next Tuesday. Go Janet!
  • not this dayEven though the days continue to get longer, the evening always seems to fall sooner than we anticipate. Since I am working longer days  for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – I get home, we eat something, take care of a few things and all of a sudden, it’s time to put the chickens up. Then it feels like it’s time to go to bed! That’s what I’ll be doing right after I finish this blog post!

All right, that’s enough foolishness. There’s just one more thing that I want to share with you. A kind reader asked for Janet’s Hash recipe (wanna hear more about that? You can read the final paragraph of this post here.) and Janet was more than happy to oblige. She doesn’t provide any measurements, just make it to your taste.  So here goes:

  1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and beets.
  2. Toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Roast at 425° until fork tender.
  4. In a large skillet sauté a sweet onion with bacon lardons until caramelized.
  5. Add the roasted veggies to the skillet and sauté until golden brown.
  6. Top with over easy (duck) eggs.
  7. Enjoy!

Thank-You-Sayings-FTThank you for sharing that, Janet! If any of you make it, please let us know and post a photo! I expect to see so many of those on Monday. Until then, as always~
Thanks for reading!

Today’s Weather: Still quite nice, but the wind began picking up again in the afternoon. By Sunday we are on full fire watch due to the expected high winds and low humidity. The high today was 84°. Currently, at 7:51 p.m., it is 74° with 12% humidity and clear skies, winds are ssw at 9 mph. Overnight low will be around 48°. Sunrise was at 5:17 and sunset was at 7:15.

Egg Report: Thursday – 37 chicken, 6 duck, 0 goose.  Friday – 45 chicken, 3 duck,  0 goose.

Ok, now go to bed!
Girl with a yellow plush hare goes to bed